So, what’s another class on top of everything else, right? It’s US history 1945 to the present, a topic on which I felt fairly well grounded, so what's hard about that, I thought. Maybe there will be a research paper, but I can handle one little research paper. Or two. Because we have to write two research papers. Using primary sources. Using , OF COURSE, Chicago style, because I got all smug and Miss Knowitall about having mastered APA and MLA. Damn it, and damn it again. Here’s what you academics need to do. Get together, pick a citation style and stick to it. You’re killing me with this crap.
There’s some reading involved in this class. By some, of course I mean “a veritable shitload”. Three dense and bone-dry texts (OK, in fairness I haven’t started on the third one. I’m guessing, based on previous experience, that it will be dense and bone-dry. Call it an educated hypothesis, because I’m all about the scholarly approach). Tons of original documents to read online. All of which are interesting and some of which are downright fascinating (like Khrushchev and Castro’s letters back and forth during the Cuban Missile Crisis…those old boys didn’t drop the revolutionary line for one second). However, some of the more learned and erudite of our former cold warriors could have used some editing and some reminding about brevity as the soul of wit. Note to the late Paul Nitze: NSC-68 could have fit onto one page. Observe:
Build some more bombs before they go atomic on our asses! Pronto!”
See? Same thing, but much more forceful and concise, right? And undergraduates and Cold War scholars would have thanked you.
OK, comrades, I must not continue to indulge in this reactionary depravity you Capitalists refer to as “blogging”, as much more important work demands my immediate attention. I’m going to Contain myself now.
See what I just did there? I KILL myself sometimes! Ha ha ha!